Carlo Louis Crispino, a retired commercial roofing contractor for whom a stadium at Calvert Hall College High School is named, died of cancer Monday at his Ruxton home. He was 78.
Born in Baltimore and raised on 27th Street, he was a 1948 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, where he was a catcher on the baseball team. He also played football. As a young man, he was a catcher for a Philadelphia Phillies farm team and later served in the Air Force.
In April, Mr. Crispino threw out the first pitch at a baseball game at the stadium that bears his name. Family members said that he donated $2 million to the school for athletic and academic use.
"He wanted to give back when he did well in business after the brothers at Calvert Hall helped him get an education," said his son, Louis T. Crispino of Weston, Fla.
Mr. Crispino went into a Fawcett Street roofing business founded by his father in 1927. The family firm grew to become involved in government and commercial work.
"My father was a quiet leader," said his son. "He would bring blueprints home and work and do the job estimates at night. He was a great teacher to me and had a great mind when it came to business."
His business, National Roofing Co. Inc., has branches throughout the Southeastern states as well as Texas.
Mr. Crispino was the 1971 president of the Maryland Professional Baseball Association. He had also coached at the University of Baltimore and Towson University as well as for Hearst All Stars and American Legion teams.
A Mass was offered Thursday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where he was a member.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Rose Marie Rhoda; a daughter, Debbie Zapora of Lutherville; a brother, Daniel P. Crispino of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.